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Wisconsin ThinkWater School is designed to capitalize on both increased interest and urgency around water issues and advances in systems thinking to enhance community water education and outreach in Wisconsin. ThinkWater School accomplishes this by integrating systems thinking into program development and delivery. We recognize that our current education and outreach efforts are not sufficiently effective, primarily because they often are based on an information transmission model in which educators expect that providing extensive information will change behavior. ThinkWater understands that changing people’s behavior requires changing their mental models, and that this is accomplished through awareness of one’s thinking. ThinkWater School aims to provide the tools and skills to integrate systems thinking into adult and community water education and outreach. Ultimately, changes in the public’s knowledge and behaviors will lead to healthier water systems in Wisconsin.
ThinkWater is a national campaign supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and led by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and Cabrera Research Lab to help people of all backgrounds and ages think and care deeply about water. It does so by applying systems thinking to existing water education and research efforts and by actively engaging people in a new way around water issues. Our Mission-Vision is to Engage, Educate and Empower 7 Billion Systems Thinkers to solve wicked water problems.